Beijing, China: DuPont has launched production at its probiotic blending and packaging facility in China. The new site in Beijing represents the company’s first step in packaging probiotics into ready-to-market formats that allow the company to offer its customers improved speed to market, quality and flexibility.
In 2011, the company purchased a food processing plant north of Beijing and converted it into a cutting-edge probiotic blending and packaging site to serve dietary supplement and food and beverage customers globally and more specifically, China and the Asia Pacific region.
The investment is part of a global multi-year capacity expansion program for cultures and probiotics in the US, Europe and now in China.
The new facility will allow customers to source ready-to-market probiotic formulations. The probiotic formulations offer unique improvements for digestive and immune health and other well-being benefits for the dietary supplement, dairy and beverage markets.
Probiotic cultures will be sourced from the company’s North American and European sites. The new facility in China will be able to custom blend the ingredients to meet the requirements of local customers.
According to industry estimates, in 2012, the market for probiotics globally totalled more than US$32 billion. That total is expected to increase to US$45 billion by 2018. More than 90 percent of the total is attributed to food, beverage and dietary supplements.[This news article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of APFI.]